ABOUT / Sheela VanHoose
Sheela VanHoose joined TSG Advisors – Education with more than 15 years of public policy, advocacy, and campaign experience. Sheela leads the education policy unit at TSG Advisors, overseeing a team of subject-matter experts spanning across all levels of education, from early learning to higher education.
She is an education champion with dozens of successes in the advocacy space, but her true strength lies in her ability to assist clients in navigating the complex landscape of education, through policy implementation and evaluation. Sheela understands the importance of assessing and evaluating the effectiveness of policies to achieve desired outcomes.
Across Florida, Sheela consults with clients on education and workforce-related issues. She has collaborated with a diverse range of clients, providing strategic guidance on education policy, navigating public school schools, and understanding Florida’s education landscape. She is a policy thought leader and often speaks about the intersection of technology and education. Currently, she serves on the Florida Advisory board for Cognia (formerly AdvancED) and on the board of directors for Tech Hub South Florida.
Her previous experience includes serving as the Director of State Government Affairs for Code.org, where she spearheaded policy initiatives across 15 states, advising governors, education agencies, and legislators on effective policy creation and implementation. She has held similar positions with Charter Schools USA and Broward County Public Schools.
Before entering the K-12 education space, Sheela held several political posts, including Regional Representative, Special Assistant, and Director of Scheduling in the administration of Governor Rick Scott’s (R-Florida). She has also served in the United States Senate under Senator George LeMieux (R-Florida).
Outside of her professional career, Sheela is passionate about her community. She served from 2014-2017 as a gubernatorial appointee to the Board of Commissioners for the North Broward Hospital District (d/b/a Broward Health). She is an active member of the Leadership Broward (Class of XXXIV) and serves on the board of Covenant House Florida. She is a black belt and a former member of the United States National Karate Team.
Sheela is a South Florida native but resides in Tallahassee, Florida, with her husband and daughter.